20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly to Vaasa Airport, Drive to Mustasaari
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Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly

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Kotka

Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Lehman and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka vacation planner.

Seattle, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Seattle to Kotka, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in July: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 70°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna itinerary planner.

Drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church, see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, and finally identify plant and animal life at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

Plan trip to Kouvola with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Savonlinna to Kouvola by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): see where the action happens at Lappi Areena, see Santa Claus Office, then get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, make a trip to Lordi's Square, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kouvola to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Mustasaari

— 1 day
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari. July in Mustasaari sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pori tour planning app.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Pori in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 14th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, get engrossed in the history at Milavida Museo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere visit planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Go for a jaunt from Turku to Poytya to see Kurjenrahka National Park about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and make a trip to Naantali Church.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku vacation maker app.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Helsinki

— 6 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 24:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."